In Jagatsinghpur, god helps those who help themselves. The famous Sarala Temple in the district on Sunday announced that it will no longer accept offerings or pujas from bike-borne worshippers who ride up to the temple without helmets.
Upon every purchase of a vehicle or bike, it is almost a rite of passage to perform a puja for it. Many also take their vehicles to the temples for occasional pujas. Which is exactly where the road safety awareness initiative – the brainchild of the district police and the temple management – comes in.